WWE SmackDown Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from February 6
The February 6 edition of WWE SmackDown was a big show for the brand, with a United States Championship match between Bobby Roode and Rusev as well as a contest to determine the No. 1 contender to AJ Styles' WWE Championship between best friends Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn on the bill.
It was a night of making statements on the Road to WrestleMania 34, and some wrestlers came out looking strong. Randy Orton may not have competed, but he made a clear statement by crashing Roode's celebration with an RKO. Meanwhile, The Bludgeon Brothers continued to edge closer to title contention.
Others did not fare so well, with Rusev failing in his attempts to dethrone Roode after a competitive showing. Just as disappointing, Styles ended up throwing the wrong fist and backing himself into a triple threat at Fastlane that could cost him the title just before WrestleMania.
These moments defined the show, and these wins and losses could be crucial to the future of many stars on the SmackDown brand. What will happen for each of these notable winners and losers after this week's show?
Rusev has become one of the most popular stars in WWE with a simple gimmick, and it led him to a big championship match on Tuesday. If he had defeated Roode on Rusev Day, it would have been a defining moment for The Bulgarian Brute.
Rusev certainly gave Roode a tough fight, going 15 minutes against The Glorious One. However, after distractions from Aiden English, the Canadian was still able to escape The Accolade and hit the Glorious DDT to retain.
The loss will likely send Rusev stumbling down the ladder on the main roster again. Moreover, without the U.S. title, he likely won't find a prominent spot on the card at the Showcase of the Immortals, which would be a shame. He will have to regroup quickly.
Capping it all off, despite being a fan favorite, Rusev did not even take the lowest spot on SmackDown's first Top 10 Superstars List. Roode was No. 5 for the week, and he will likely only rise up the rankings with continued success like this.
While it was the right move to keep the title on The It Factor, especially with a potential new challenger emerging who should work well with Roode, most fans have to just hope this was not a one-and-done boost in standing for Rusev.
Winner: Randy Orton
The Viper has struck again, and the attention he drew for his actions should lead to more success in the near-future for Orton. Despite being a prominent and respected veteran on the roster who has not slowed down, he landed just ninth on the Top 10 list for SmackDown.
This could have been seen as a loss for Orton, but he seemed to only use it as motivation. With a true RKO out of nowhere, he took out the U.S. champion as well as Rusev and English following the title match, and The Apex Predator was the only man left standing.
Could Orton have just been lashing out in frustration? That is certainly possible. He has been underused for a while, and his position on the list only emphasizes he is being forgotten. However, it is also likely he has his eyes set on claiming gold.
Orton has never been United States champion in his illustrious career, and the title has rarely been higher profile than it is right now. John Cena held the championship not too long ago, and it added new excitement to his career. Perhaps it could do the same for Orton.
Roode is a charismatic star who feels right at home working with a legend like Orton, but this feud would beg the question of who the face is in the rivalry. Could Orton's frustration boil over into a heel turn? Could Roode begin taking shortcuts to escape Orton? Only time will tell.
Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers
It was just another week of destruction for The Bludgeon Brothers, who wiped out another hapless tag team. However, it was also another chance to hint that Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are the only duo left for The Usos to conquer, which may be bad news for the SmackDown tag team champions.
This would not be the first time these four have clashed. The former Wyatt Family members fought with Jimmy and Jey Uso at WWE Battleground 2014, and the teams stole the show in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match. Both teams have only improved since.
SmackDown's tag team division is filled with talented stars, but it felt as though The Usos had outgrown the whole division at this point. However, The Bludgeon Brothers are a different story. They have been portrayed as completely unstoppable even if they have not faced too many main roster teams yet.
With the slow-build approach behind this fated encounter, it is certain to be an exciting moment when the two teams finally fight. It may be a good time to put down a bet on Harper and Rowan becoming the next SmackDown tag team champions.
Loser: AJ Styles
At the start of the night, Styles was expecting to find out who his opponent at WWE Fastlane 2018 would be, and he did—at a cost. After Zayn egged him on, The Phenomenal One attacked both Zayn and Owens, ending the match in a no-contest.
While no one won, SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan awarded both Zayn and KO another chance at Styles in a Triple Threat match at Fastlane. It could be argued that means even worse odds for The Phenomenal One than the handicap match at WWE Royal Rumble because he does not need to be pinned to lose.
This story has not been a great representation of anyone involved, with Zayn and Owens looking like goofballs and Styles coming off often as flustered. It has not helped that Bryan's involvement with the heels has been an unexplained loop for months, with this latest decision feeling near-identical to a month prior.
Still, the Triple Threat format should lead to a better match, with SmackDown's Dangerous Alliance showing signs of dissension. It is highly unlikely the WWE Championship changes hands any time soon as Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura is too good a match to pass up on.
Therefore, all this drama is leading nowhere. Hopefully, Fastlane will be the end of this angle, and Styles can move on to a showdown that is sure to steal the show on The Grandest Stage of Them All.